Joël Robuchon is one of the world's most iconic figures when it comes to food and has recently passed away at the age of 73 due to cancer, according to the BBC.
Throughout his career, he has built a respected and proud culinary empire, amassed 28 Michelin stars at his restaurants worldwide, hosted a successful French cooking show to debunk the myths of fine dining, served as Gordon Ramsay's mentor, and earned many awards and honorifics, chief among was the Meilleur Ouvrier de France (Best Craftsmen of France) in the field of culinary arts when he was at the age of 31 in 1976.
It may be difficult to believe but Robuchon's rise to Michelin stardom began with the help of his mastery of mashed potatoes, or pomme purée in French. His desire to showcase how delicious a simple dish could be is a key characteristic of his cooking style, utilising the highest quality ingredients through top notch cooking skills to create excellence.
This dish helped him earned his Michelin credentials at his first restaurant, Jamin in Paris, in 1981, where he won a star every year consecutively for three years in a row.